Witham Hall Rugby Update
19 Sep 2017
The 1st XIII have enjoyed three outstanding matches to start their season. The traditional ‘Northern’ tour again saw the team up against Woodhouse Grove on the Saturday morning. A see-saw game eventually finished 35-25 to the hosts; with all 18 players enjoying pitch time the experience was invaluable, especially for those pulling on a first team shirt for the first time. The squad enjoyed a highly competitive National League Yorkshire derby between Wharfedale and Otley in the afternoon, before heading north to Cumbria for their overnight base. The following day, Sedbergh - as ever - proved a tough challenge, but a superb effort by the whole squad kept them in the game throughout, the home team eventually recording a 25-10 victory.
Witham Hall 1st XIII 15-30 Gresham’s 1st XIII
The first game on ‘home soil’ saw the visit of a Gresham’s side who, as an U12 side last year, looked potentially outstanding, especially through their exciting back division. Just as in Yorkshire, a superb game resulted, with the sides locked at 5-5 at half-time. Early in the second half a purple period of 5 minutes saw Gresham’s score three times to establish a 20-5 lead, but Witham came back and the last quarter of the game produced some outstanding rugby, of great intensity for U13 level, from both sides. Two tries each in this period saw Gresham’s finish winners by 30 points to 15 at the end of a pulsating match, enjoyed by a large and supportive crowd.
Witham Hall 2nd XIII 0-35 Gresham’s 2nd XIII
The 2nd XIII first fixture of the season was against a strong Gresham’s side. In a physical contest, the 2’s fought hard and made a lot of tackles and with ball in hand they did look dangerous; however a touch of ‘ring rust’ meant that the boys were unable to capitalise on the positive attacking play they showed at times. Witham were unfortunate not to get over the try line on a few occasions but fought right up until the final whistle against a strong and committed Gresham’s team. Final score, Witham 2nd XIII 0 – 35 Gresham’s.
Laxton Junior School Festival Results
Witham Hall 5-0 Laxton JS
Witham Hall 15-0 Stoneygate
Witham Hall 0-15 Stamford JS
Witham Hall 15-10 Oakham
Witham Hall 0-20 Stamford JS
The Colts A rugby team did themselves proud on Wednesday afternoon at the annual Laxton Junior School Festival. The team certainly improved as the afternoon progressed, with particularly impressive wins over Stoneygate in the group stages and Oakham in the semi-finals. A very strong Stamford Junior School side were deserved winners, beating us in both the group stages and the final. To come runners up is an excellent effort and one that all the boys can be pleased with. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support.
Witham Hall Colts A 10-5 Gresham’s Colts A
The Colts A team were in fine form at the weekend against a very well organised Gresham’s side with some talented individuals. The first half was very tight with both teams defending well. Freddie and Oscar managed to finally break through the Gresham’s defence 10 minutes in, with both boys demonstrating what excellent feet they have. Gresham’s responded with a try of their own to leave the score at 10-5 going into the break. The second half was fiercely contested, particularly at the breakdown. The Colts A team had a couple of superb opportunities to take the game away from Gresham’s but clinical finishing eluded them. The final score of 10-5 showed what an evenly matched contest this was. A huge thank you to all the parents who came to support!
Witham Hall U10A 20 - 10 Gresham's U10A
Witham won the toss and the game began. Witham started well with a try scored by Harry in the first few minutes. Gresham’s came back strong and shortly after they scored an equaliser. They went on to steal the ball in the ruck and had good pace along the wing and scored to take the lead before half time.Witham came back strong in the second half with Harry scoring a further 15 points with excellent support and set up from the Witham team. The final score was 20-10 to Witham, an excellent start to the new season.